‘Aladdin’ Review: Will Smith Steals the Show in Guy Ritchie’s Unexpectedly Fun Remake

‘Aladdin’ Review: Will Smith Steals the Show in Guy Ritchie’s Unexpectedly Fun Remake
The most surprising part of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” isn’t that it’s far better than a string of maligned trailers have let on, it’s that no one ever got the bright idea to rename the whole thing “Genie” and turn all of the film’s attention on Will Smith. While early looks at the film — especially scenes that focused on Smith turning on the bravado with a vibrant song-and-dance — were received badly enough that both Ritchie and Smith were asked to respond to the critical jabs, within the context of Ritchie’s warmly silly film, they work. They really, really work. That’s not to say that Ritchie’s live-action treatment of the beloved animated classic doesn’t have other elements to recommend it, but Smith puts on such an outsized performance that it’s easy for him to overshadow its smaller joys — and when Genie is
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